Another episode of the Science-fiction series "Space patrol", aired live on March 28, 1953. Ed Kemmer is "Commander Buzz Corry" and Lyn Osborn is "Cadet Happy". Includes original commercials for "Wheat Chex" and "Rice Chex".
March 2, 2014 Subject:
A Prodigious Pile Of Prosciutto
I have to say that, while hopelessly retro, Space Patrol has been mighty fun to watch, especially with the original commercials. "The Laughing Alien", however, is the weakest of the bunch.
Norbert Schiller, the "alien" with the Shemp Howard haircut named "Muzak" (no Michael Bolton jokes, please), beats Shatner by better than a decade for the Hamming It Up on a Cosmic Scale sweepstakes. Dude needs to dial it down a notch, opt for decaf or cut the meds in half. Seemed determined to out-mug Lyn "Smokin' Rockets"
Osborne, which is virtually impossible.
Speaking of pork products and a certain Starship Captain, there was an unsold pilot for a series called Alexander the Great in the Sixties, starring Adam West and William Shatner. (Pre-Star Trek and Batman.) That would be one serious scenery chewing contest, and one prodigious pile of prosciutto! PD or not PD?
December 9, 2011 Subject:
The Laughing Alien (Space Patrol).
Season 3, episode 13.
Origina; air dater: 28 March 1953.
Commander Corry becomes concerned for Cadet Happy`s well-being when he has repeated visions of the young man in various perilous situations followed by a image a of nam laughing at him. Majot Robertson is concerned, too. He fears that Corry`s heavy responsabilities are causing him to go space happy.
Cast: Ed Kemmer (Cmdr. Buzz Corry), Lyn Osborn (Cadet Happy), Ken Mayer (Maj. Robbie Robertson), Norbert Schiller (Muzak) and Dick Tufeld (Announcer: uncredited).
February 24, 2010 Subject:
A pretty darn impressive live TV space opera for 1953, certainly light years ahead of that era's other live shows, Captain Video and Tom Corbett.
I've heard this TV series referred to by other old-timers as the precursor to Star Trek, and it very well may be. The production values are quite good for the time, the costumes are pretty spiffy, the special effects more than adequate, and the cast sincere and convincing. This kind of show can be viewed as the bridge between the primitive space serials of the '30s and the more sophisticated adventures of the '60s. This is good viewing for youngsters and adults as well.
Quality of picture and sound is very good on the MP1, and after downloading and burning to DVD, it made for a nice little disc to share with a few "Trekker" friends who have never seen sci-fi shows of the early '50s. Thanks to the uploader!